The rivalry between Manchester United and Leeds United remains as intense as ever despite the fact the Whites’ last visit to Old Trafford was in 2010.
Nicky Butt will manage the Reds in an FA Youth Cup clash against their bitter rivals at the Theatre of Dreams tomorrow and has been speaking to Manchester Evening News about the rivalry between the two clubs.
He said: “I’ve been to many Leeds games from when I was younger with my uncle, my cousin and my dad and I went to Elland Road a good few times as a younger kid. I didn’t need explaining what the rivalry is!
“But it’s a healthy rivalry; Leeds are a great club, a massive club and I can’t wait for them to get back into the Premier League, if I’m honest. Because it’s part of a healthy, really good rivalry we have and our lads will know about it.”
TBR’s View – Even historical rivals now want to see Leeds succeed
Every Leeds fan knows they’ve been away from the big time for far too long and the desire from a historical rival in Butt, who still works for United, to see them back underlines that.
That Leeds are apparently taking 1,800 fans to Old Trafford tomorrow night underlines the scale of the rivalry and the size of the club the Premier League is missing.
Whenever that first meeting between Leeds and United takes place back in the top flight, perhaps Butt might regret wishing the Whites were back.
The atmosphere will no-doubt be electric and Leeds will be determined to make up for lost time and put the boot into a Reds side who were around the summit of English football when they were relegated from the top flight but have significantly fallen from grace themselves in the intervening years.